NAN Grand Chief supports recommendations of Ipperwash Report to consult and accommodate



    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy welcomes the recommendations made by Ipperwash Inquiry
Commissioner Sidney Linden as outlined in the four volume report released
yesterday morning in Forest, Ontario and looks forward to working with Ontario
and Canada on a nation-to-nation basis to implement recommendations for
governments to promote and respect understanding of the duty to consult and
accommodate.
    "This is an excellent report and a great start to improving the
relationship between First Nation people, governments, and all Ontarians, but
what we need now is action by all parties to implement the recommendations -
the provincial and federal governments and First Nation leaders," said NAN
Grand Chief Stan Beardy who addressed the family of Dudley George, general
public, and media during a news conference following the report's release.
"Until the issue of land ownership and resource development is settled fairly
and justly by all parties, similar events like those that took place in
Ipperwash and today in Treaty 9 community Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug will
continue."
    The report, which offers 90 recommendations for improved relations
between Aboriginal people, governments and police services, follows a public
inquiry into actions and issues involved in the September 1995 death of Dudley
George - an Aazhoodena (Kettle and Stony Point) First Nation man shot and
killed by an Ontario Provincial Police officer during a peaceful protest at
Ipperwash Provincial Park.
    The report specifically references the unique treaty relationship between
First Nation people and the Crown, citing the need to respect and promote the
duty to consult and accommodate and recommends both provincial and federal
governments to work together with Aboriginal leadership to settle land claims,
develop a Treaty Commission, and Aboriginal Ministry.
    "The only way these recommendations will work is if the unique status of
the nation-to-nation relationship between NAN First Nations and the Crown,
identified in the Canadian Constitution, is implemented," said Beardy, adding
that with public education - one of the Justice Linden's recommendations - not
only Ontarians, but industry will better understand this relationship and be
open to the prospect of meaningful working relationships and partnerships with
First Nations. "With development across NAN territory pending, it's essential
we work together with governments to ensure my people begin to benefit from
the treaty relationship agreed upon 100 years ago."
    Other notable recommendations include improved policies and procedures in
terms of policing, including the need for communication and negotiation
strategies, and native awareness training, and resourcing of Aboriginal police
services.

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political organization representing 49 First
Nation communities across James Bay Treaty 9 territory and the Ontario
communities of Treaty 5.




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